Did great for the first 5-6 weeks, as if I had never herniated L4-L5. Day by day, the sciatica came back not only in my leg where it had been pre surgery but also in my butt. My N/S did not feel that I had reherniated but at my insistence, ordered an MRI which showed edema, inflammation and some fluid. NS said that the fluid was normal, not to have an epidural or have the fluid drawn out as the surgery area was fertile ground for infection (infection was ruled out with blood work). Did a short course of prednisone which did nothing. Then he told me to take two alleves in the morning and in the evening. Very little benefit after 5 weeks but the sciatica in leg and butt are now gone. The pain is now in my lower back and mostly on the other side from the affected disk. Next, a 3 week course of decadron which really helped but I did not like the side effects. Finished that and the lower back came back within two days. Feels like I have a 50 lb. weight in my low back. I have been doing flexion stretches and am quite flexible but my extension is crazy stiff. PT says don't do extension type of stretches while having extension pains so I haven't been doing them for now. Had the surgery on 8/26 so I am over 4 months post op. I am blessed to be out of the sciatic pain but just can't shake the stiffness in my lower back and I walk like I have a popsicle stick shoved up my bum. Anybody dealt with this kind of problem and what can I do to get rid of the inflammation without trashing my kidneys and liver on NSAIDS and steroids?